For centuries, February 14 has been celebrated across the United States and around the world as the day to exchange special gifts between loved ones. It has become the day to ask someone for their hand in marriage, while for others it is the date they choose to be married on.
So what do those in love give on Valentine’s Day? We often think of chocolate and flowers as the go to gift. For some, it is a night out for dinner or going to the movies, and many will choose to give something handmade. For this reason alone, why not make up your own batch of double chocolate brownies from scratch!
This is a very simple recipe to follow, and you probably have all of the ingredients for this recipe in your pantry. It will take you about one hour from start to finish, and I’m sure your loved ones will appreciate that fact that you took the time to make them something a little extra special for Valentine’s Day.
- 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
- 2/3 cup of butter, cut up in pieces
- 3 Tbsp. water
- ¾ cup of granulated sugar
- ¾ cup of brown sugar
- 3 eggs (beaten)
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1 cup of all-purpose flour
- ¼ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup of nuts (optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line an 8x8x2 baking pan with foil; leave an inch of foil hanging over the edges.
Coat your foil lined pan with nonstick cooking spray, set aside.
In a large microwave safe mixing bowl, combine the chocolate, butter and water.
Microwave, uncovered, on high for 1 minute, stir after 30 seconds.
Remove and stir until smooth.
Add both the granulated and brown sugars, stir to combine.
Add eggs and vanilla, stir to combine.
Stir in flour and ¼ tsp. of salt until smooth. (Nuts can be added at this time also.)
Spoon the batter into your prepared pan.
Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack. Use the foil to lift your brownies out of the pan, and then remove the foil.
Frost with your favorite frosting, homemade or store bought. If you choose not to frost your brownies, you can dust them with powdered sugar and sprinkles. These brownies are amazing even without frosting, powdered sugar, or sprinkles.
You don’t have to be in love to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This February 14, why not show someone that you truly appreciate having them in your life with a special phone call, and let them know you truly care that they are a part of your life!